What to Do If You Suffer From Chronic Asthma or Allergies

What to Do If You Suffer From Chronic Asthma or Allergies

Last update: 23 June, 2015

Two common medical conditions which plague our modern times are chronic asthma and allergies. People who suffer from these troublesome health issues may find that the affected area is frequently aggravated. These two conditions are directly related, and this can compound the problem. But did you know that there are natural remedies that can greatly help asthmatics and people with allergies? Want to know a bit more about these therapeutic resources? This article could be a great help!

Asthma and allergies combined?

The same culprits that can aggravate hay fever can also cause the symptoms of asthma – things like laboured breathing, wheezing and a feeling of tightness in the chest. This is called allergic asthma or allergy-induced asthma.

Certain substances – pollen, dust mites and pet dander – are the most likely triggers.  Skin or food allergies can also cause asthma-like symptoms in some people.

How do allergic reactions cause asthmatic symptoms?

Allergic reactions are created when proteins in the body’s immune system incorrectly identify an inoffensive substance – pollen, for instance – as an invader. The antibodies will latch on to the allergen as a way of protecting the body from this invading substance.

The allergy’s symptoms are created when the immune system releases chemical substances. Nasal congestion, itchy eyes or skin reactions are all commonly involved in this process. For some, this same reaction also affects the lungs and airways, which may provoke the symptoms of asthma.

Natural remedies to the rescue!

  • First, reduce airway spasms.  Magnesium is renowned for its ability to alleviate muscular spasms, including those that surround airways in the lungs.
  • Green tea is a natural bronchodilator that decreases resistance in the respiratory airway and increases airflow to the lungs. It is also inexpensive and easy to use.
  • Suffer from chronic asthma and allergies? You should make every effort to balance the body’s respirtory tract. Omega-3 oils, found in flax (also known as linseed) and walnuts, can be extremely effective in creating the right balance. A study found that children who include omega-3 rich foods in their diets more than once a week reduce by one third their risk of developing asthma as compared to children who do not consume omega-3 oils regularly.
  • Artificial colourings, preservatives, aspirin, ibuprofen and other non-steroid anti-inflammatory medications should be avoided! These things promote leukotriene production. Potent inflammatory substances increase asthma.
  • Many asthmatics don’t produce enough stomach acid. This may, in turn, cause food allergies. What’s more, it can decrease nutrient absorption.  To correct this problem, seek out hydrochloric acid supplements and digestive enzymes.

Bear in mind that this advice – sound though it is – should never replace the medications that your GP has recommended. Always consult a medical specialist regarding your condition!

Under medical supervision – and with a combination of a few natural remedies – you could reduce your reliance on medication. Be mindful. By taking advantage of everything that nature provides us with, we can significantly improve our state of health.